8 injured, 4 hospitalized after student releases pepper spray at Fairview High

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BOULDER, Colo. — Eight were injured, and four students were taken to the hospital after a Fairview High School student released pepper spray in the school’s student center on Friday.

According to an email sent out to parents, the incident happened at 2:30 p.m. The student brought the substance into the school in a small container attached to a keychain, Sgt. Jim MacPherson of the Boulder Police Department said.

Police identified the spray as mace, but Fairview Principal Don Stensrud referred to the substance as pepper spray in an email that was sent out to parents.

The Daily Camera reported that the 17-year-old student who sprayed the substance was given a juvenile court summons on a charge of criminal use of a noxious substance. The student’s name has not been released.

The email states that the student gave the keychain and canister to friend who then took it to the student center. The substance was then set down on a table, and another student picked it up and sprayed it into the room.

Two students and two school staff members were treated for symptoms related to exposure of the spray at the school, and four were taken to the Boulder Community Hospital.

“I don’t know if he intended the consequences, but it was an intentional act,” said MacPherson.

The student center was evacuated and sealed off from the rest of the school after the substance was dispersed.